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Apple Has “Major Concerns” For Suspects Accused Of Theft Will Flee To China

This week, Apple told the federal court that it has “major concerns” about two Chinese-born former employees—who are indicted for stealing trade secrets from the firm—will try to leave the country before their trials if their locations are not tracked. During a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, attorneys argued that Jizhong Chen and Xiaolang Zhang should continue to be tracked since they exhibit potential flight risks. Both men were detained on criminal trade secrets theft allegations while they were on the way to the airport and have been investigated after being released on bail. Their defense prosecutor stated that both men had family reasons for visiting China and had shown no indications of breaching their pre-trial state of affairs so far.

Apple Has “Major Concerns” For Suspects Accused Of Theft Will Flee To China

In the cases of both men, Marissa Harris, Assistant U.S. Attorney, stated that if even one suspect flees to China, it will be difficult for federal officers to secure their expulsion for a trial. Three employees of Apple supported prosecutors, including Anthony DeMario, who is a veteran of the U.S. CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and Strategic Advisor at Apple. During a hearing in California to U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila, Harris read the company’s statement, “Apple’s intellectual property is the central part of our innovation and growth. The suspects continued participation in these trials is necessary to make sure final perseverance of the facts, and we have major concerns the suspects will not see this through if given the opportunity.”

Similarly, Apple was in news for dominating the market since wearables shipments increased. The development of wearables has resulted in a pitch of interest from customers in the last few years. The global deliveries of wearable devices surged to 84.5 million units during the third quarter of 2019, growing by around 95% yearly. This is a strong increase in the rate from a 29% surge in the second quarter and a 55% growth in the first quarter. According to new data published by IDC (International Data Corp.), this caused a record number of consignments in a single quarter.

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